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The White Saviors
Chapter Five – The Bottom Line
Where did the money go? Where are all the schools that WE says it built? A political scandal breaks the dam on decades of silence. Revelations pile up of donor fraud, racism, child abuse, "dirty trick" campaigns against WE's enemies and other financial misconduct. Then, the Kielburgers silence the scandal with a shocking announcement...
The White Saviors
Chapter Three – The Halo Effect
In the age of “corporate social responsibility,” giant corporations are tired of looking like the bad guys. Microsoft, Dow Chemical, Allstate Insurance, Hershey’s, Teck Mining – these companies were used to being blamed and boycotted. But by donating to WE Charity, they got more than tax benefits - they got a whole new PR strategy. This is the story of how WE turned virtue into a commodity, and sold it to the world’s biggest companies. But at what point does a charity become a marketing firm?
The White Saviors
Chapter Two – The Cult of Kielburger
Kids in 17,000 schools have been encouraged to take the WE Pledge, join the WE movement, and “Live WE.” But what does that really mean? In practice, it has meant fundraising for WE, paying the Kielburgers’ private company for a “voluntourism” trip, going to work for WE, and living in communal WE housing. According to many of those who lived WE, it meant joining an organization very much like a “cult.”
The White Saviors
Chapter One – The Children’s Crusade
Craig Kielburger was the Greta Thunberg of the 90s – a 12 year-old kid from the suburbs who dreamed of freeing the world’s children from slavery. His activism made him famous, and he was endorsed by Oprah, the Pope, the Queen, and the Clintons. His campaign became a global movement and a powerful brand.  But right from the start, there were uncomfortable questions about money and exploitation. Decades later, it all came crashing down. But the seeds of WE’s self-destruction were planted right from the start…
WE CFO Risks Contempt With Unanswered Questions
Victor Li admits to "inaccurate" credentials on WE websites
“Regulatory Mischief”: WE Charity In Kenya
Chaos, betrayal, and espionage, at a charity for children
WE Charity Ending Canadian Operations
Blames COVID-19, fallout from "political battles and misinformation"
WE Founded A New Charity To Give Grants To Students. It’s Mostly Just Bought Up Real Estate.
Like some other WE entities, the non-real-estate activities of the ME to WE Foundation of Canada can be difficult to decipher
In U.S., WE Charity Spent Money On Kielburger “Friend,” Board Member’s Firm, Republican Strategists
What we've learned about WE's main American entities, whose address is a law firm in an office park outside Buffalo
Morneau’s Family Flew To WE’s Kenya Compound, In Possible Violation Of Federal Law
“Only private charters could land at Bogani,” says former WE employee